Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jun 2013 17:07 UTC
Apple We already talked about iOS 7 yesterday (after a night of sleep, it's only looking worse and worse - look at this, for Fiona's sake!), so now it's time to talk about the downright stunning and belly flutters-inducing new Mac Pro. As former owner and huge, huge, huge fan of the PowerMac G4 Cube - I haven't been this excited about an Apple product since, well, I would say the iMac G4. This is the Apple I used to love.
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What are you going to plug into it?
by Darkmage on Wed 12th Jun 2013 04:19 UTC
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Seriously, the people whining about this device don't have a clue as to what they'll use it for. There's not much that you need to plug into a Mac Pro. Video editing? You'll have an external SDI/Capture rig connected via thunderbolt (BlackMagic Design have some really great kit for this.) A monitor, and a keyboard/mouse. That's about it. You might have a thunderbolt or Gigabit attached RAID server.

There's just not that much stuff that you'll need to connect to a Mac Pro. I should know, I owned one. a 2009 model. Aside from being able to flash the bios and upgrade it to a 2012 mac pro with dual hex core instead of dual quad core cpus.

There wasn't really that much to be done to the system. The GPUs in that thing are godlike. There's going to be very little reason to upgrade, and if you need to install newer workstation graphics cards which are already $2k each. you're not going to care about buying a $500 box to put them in. The old towers could take up to 4 hard drives... frankly that wasn't enough capacity. You need to attach a multi-drive RAID server to these things to get the best use out of them. The new Mac Pro is an absolute beast and it's definately a clever design. Combine it with a 20-drive file server and 4k/8k video can be edited reasonably with it.

Apple is probably betting that most people will want to upgrade CPU/Motherboard/Ram at the same time as the Graphics cards because by the time a newer graphics card you need is out the rest of the specs will have shifted too. This definately isn't a consumer toy. If I had any real complaint with it, it'd be that it isn't a rack mount form factor, mainly just because the only users of this are going to be professionals and they probably have rackmount raid servers and rackmount capture devices hooked to this thing.

It looks designed for 4k and 8k video encoding. (8k video has already had live demos in Akihabara Japan, I should know since I saw it last year when I was in Tokyo. NHK were streaming the Olympic games in 8k.)

Edited 2013-06-12 04:24 UTC

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